Update: In January 2021, The College Board announced that SAT Subject Tests will be discontinued in 2021. These exams will no longer be offered.
SAT Subject Tests are hour-long exams in a range of specific content areas. These exams are required for admission to some very selective colleges. Some schools allow students to substitute the ACT with writing for Subject Tests. Many students find that the best time to take an SAT Subject Test is right after completing the corresponding class at their high school.
The SAT Subject Tests are designed to measure specific knowledge in a particular academic area such as chemistry or world history. Typically, colleges that require the SAT Subject Tests will ask applicants to take two or three tests.
Each test is one hour long. Students can take up to three exams on the same day. Students cannot take the SAT on the same day. Subject Tests are available in the following areas: Math Level 1, Math Level 2, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, United States History, Literature, World History, Chinese with Listening, French and French with Listening, German and German with Listening, Modern Hebrew, Italian, Japanese with Listening, Korean with Listening, Latin, Spanish and Spanish with Listening and English Language Proficiency.
SAT Subject Tests are scored on a scale of 200 to 800 with the exception of the English Language Proficiency Test, which is scored on a scale of 901 to 999. Tests that do not involve writing are scored by computer. Like the SAT, students are penalized for incorrect answers.
SAT Subject Tests are administered in October, November, December, January, May, and June. With some exceptions, registered students can decide which tests to take on exam day. Check the College Board website for details, additional information, and test locations.
Lynn Radlauer Lubell, Publisher of InLikeMe.com and Founder of Admission By Design, an Educational Consultancy based in Boca Raton, Florida.